Steelers can’t take the heat
After fifteen minutes BoP took the score to 0-14 as Shahn Eru scored a try.
Then a lucky break handed Counties’ Sione Fifita the ball and he ran it all the way to the try line. The conversion of his try was unsuccessful.
Ten minutes later the Steamers added another try to their tally. This time it was a try for Te Aihe Toma. The conversion failed. After half an hour Te Rangi Fraser went over the Counties’ try line.
A penalty in the 38th minute brought the halftime score to 5-27.
Counties were more aggressive in the second half creating some chances but just kept handing the ball back to the Steamers. In both halves much of the game was played in the BoP half. A penalty to BoP took the score to 5-30, but soon after Richard Judd saw his chance to help out his team, a try Jared Page converted, 12-30. The Steamers proved to have the safest hands and 15 minutes from full time Whaimotu Craft-Chemis put his name on the scoreboard.
Richard Judd spotted another chance and took it, taking the score to 17-37.
Jared Page made it 19-37, though some joker at the scoreboard gave Counties a score of 129 for a while. Sikeli Nabou and Jared Page managed to close the gap a bit more in the 78th minutes, taking the final score to 26-37.
Counties 26 (S Fifita, S Nabou, R Judd 2 tries: J Page 3 cons) Halftime: 27-5.
Bay of Plenty 37 (C Tiatia, W Craft-Cemis, T Toma, S Eru, T Fraser tries: D Hollinshead 2 cons 1 pen)